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Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) TheEliteIcons.com, powered by Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard, will give partygoers and promoters a way to communicate directly. Patrons share their needs with venue owners, and owners will be given the chance to make direct improvements. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

The Elite Icons Plan to Give the Ultimate Nightlife Experience

Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard, co-owners of Elite Icons, have great ideas to ensure patrons receive the best experience while out on the town, enjoying the nightlife, confirming that all guests get the special treatment of the Elite Icons experience.

What exactly is the Elite Icons experience?  In order to answer the first question, here is something else to think about: have you ever been to a party that promised a special appearance of an official celebrity guest? However, upon arrival you find out that not only is the celebrity not coming, but that the party promoter used false advertisement just to get you and your friends to come to his party. Well, this is exactly what the Elite Icons movement strives to turn around.

Imagine a central entertainment hub, a one-stop-shop for promoters and patrons to interact with one another. Therefore, a club owner can promote a concert to a customer; the customer can then go to the concert and later provide ratings and feedback on the event that the club owner can view and improve upon. The idea is to create business relationships with club owners, event promoters, and venue operators to ensure enjoyment, safety and reliability to all guests. For instance, this would serve as a way to certify to partygoers that if a celebrity is promoted with the event, then that celebrity will actually be at the event.

Tisdale and Howard first met through a mutual friend, by attending home-based entrepreneurial business workshops. It was here that they discussed business plans, strategies and ideas. Moreover, Elite Icons evolved from what started as a modeling company at Tisdale’s high school. Fashion shows were held, and parties were thrown to raise money for the fashion shows, while models helped promote the parties. Eventually the aspect of the modeling company slowed, as Elite Icons at the time focused more on just throwing parties in clubs and lounges.

Pursuing what they love to do, Howard and Tisdale stand as inspiration for all young people planning for success. In the next five years, they see Elite Icons as an up and running platform for guests to fully interact with an event, event promoters, and vice versa. This includes complete event listings by city across the country, event discounts for members, VIP table and bottle service discounts and much more. Read more about the Elite Icons at TheEliteIcons.tumblr.com.

Elite Icons Photo Essay

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are the owners of The Elite Icons, an online event promotions and marketing company designed to ease patrons into thrilling events with reliability. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are the owners of The Elite Icons, an online event promotions and marketing company designed to ease patrons into thrilling events with reliability. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard introduce a new way to have fun and reassurance at major events. With the Elite Icons, patrons can soon be sure that the event of interest is as promising as it seems.  (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard introduce a new way to have fun and reassurance at major events. With the Elite Icons, patrons can soon be sure that the event of interest is as promising as it seems. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) TheEliteIcons.com, powered by Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard, will give partygoers and promoters a way to communicate directly. Patrons share their needs with venue owners, and owners will be given the chance to make direct improvements. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) TheEliteIcons.com, powered by Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard, will give partygoers and promoters a way to communicate directly. Patrons share their needs with venue owners, and owners will be given the chance to make direct improvements. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are always working hard to manifest the vision of the Elite Icons experience, coming up with new ways for guests to fully enjoy every aspect of major festivities. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are always working hard to manifest the vision of the Elite Icons experience, coming up with new ways for guests to fully enjoy every aspect of major festivities. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are two innovative minds with bright ideas for the future, inspiring the likes of peers to pursue the passions they believe in. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are two innovative minds with bright ideas for the future, inspiring the likes of peers to pursue the passions they believe in. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Ackerman Takes the Win at January Enzian FilmSlam

Last Sunday, January 13, 2013, writer and director Jen Ackerman, won first place in the Enzian FilmSlam, by the vote of the audience being the best out of eight other submissions. A display of justice, Insights to Strengths, was about coming out to world from the perspective of the gay/lesbian story. This short film by Ackerman was a definition of freedom, about being you no matter what.

Enzian FilmSlam

Valerie Burgos, a local student at Full Sail University, was in attendance at the FilmSlam. I asked her about her reaction to the first place winning short film. “Being different is okay,” she said. “It’s not how it was back then.” Burgos went on to talk about how she could relate to this film from her own life. She came out to her mother about being in a relationship with a woman a little more than a year ago. “It made me feel happy because when I came out to my mom it was rough. And its people out there that had it rough too,” she stated.

The crowd was alive with fervor and excitement with about 50 people in attendance. Mostly, there were the families of the directors in the audience. There were eight films submitted to the FilmSlam festival in total.  The voting was done on an audience-based system, with five stars being the best and one star being the worst. Coming in second place was Crushed, bywriter and director Paolo Ariza. Third place was Coopetal, by director Alica Haberman. The show lasted about an hour long, with a cheap entry fee of only five dollars, also including a Q&A session at the competition’s end. The Enzian has been hosting the FilmSlam for six years, after it moved from the UCF’s Downtown Media Arts Center, which closed in 2006. FilmSlam winners with submissions that are ten minutes or less in length are guaranteed a spot in the 2013 Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase.